UCD is a member of several international networks which span research and education. A number of College faculty and staff play active roles within these networks:
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UCD is a member of CESAER which represents the Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research. It is a non-profit international association of leading European universities of Science and technology and Engineering Schools at comprehensive universities and university colleges. It was established in 1990 and has a membership of 51 institutions from 26 countries. UCD is currently the only Irish member. Professor David FitzPatrick is the CESAER Vice President and Ms Gilli Reilly is the UCD CESAER Coordinator. Further information is available at www.cesaer.org
Universitas 21 is a leading global network of 25 leading research-intensive universities in 16 countries, which work together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation. All Universitas 21 member institutions are research-led, comprehensive universities providing a strong quality assurance framework to the network's activities. Further information is available at http://www.ucd.ie/international/ucd-global/universitas21/
The School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering is a member of EFCE. The European Federation of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1953 and has promoted scientific collaboration and supported the work of engineers and scientists in 30 European countries. Today EFCE comprises 38 member societies in 29 European countries and represents more than 100,000 chemical engineers in Europe. With its 20 Working Parties and five Sections it covers all areas of Chemical Engineering.
Professor Michael Bruen, School of Civil Engineering is Chairman of the Irish Committee for UNESCO's IHP and ICID. The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. Since its inception in 1975, IHP has evolved from an internationally coordinated hydrological research programme into an encompassing, holistic programme to facilitate education and capacity building, and enhance water resources management and governance. IHP facilitates an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to watershed and aquifer management, which incorporates the social dimension of water resources, and promotes and develops international research in hydrological and freshwater sciences. UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme, founded in 1975 and implemented in six-year programmatic time intervals or phases, is entering its eighth phase to be implemented during the period 2014-2021.
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 is the leading scientific, technical and not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). ICID, through its network of professionals spread across more than a hundred countries, has facilitated sharing of experiences and transfer of water management technology for over half-a-century. ICID supports capacity development, stimulates research and innovation and strives to promote policies and programs to enhance sustainable development of irrigated agriculture through a comprehensive water management framework. Further information is available at http://www.icid.org/about_icid.html